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Motorola Q Review

4 June 2006

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The most striking thing about the Motorola Q is the thickness – or lack of thickness more specifically. Another entry in the growing “blackberry style” or “Treo style” crowd, the Motorola Q stands out because it is, by far, the thinnest among them. The Q runs Windows Mobile 5 for Smartphones – which means no touchscreen. This has to be the most curious thing about this device. Opting for the alternate version of Windows Mobile 5 and including a touchscreen would have eased many users concerns, and added a whole new world of capability to this device. Can the sexy form factor overcome the downfalls? Read on to find out.

Motorola Q Specs

Radio: CDMA / EV-DO
Display: 320×240 pixels
Full QWERTY keyboard
Memory: 128MB ROM / 64MB RAM
MiniSD card slot
Bluetooth 1.2
1.3 Megapixel Camera

Motorola Q Reviews

Cnet reviews the Motorola Q and writes – ‘Web browsing on the Motorola Q was fairly smooth and painless, thanks to the EV-DO support. Graphics-intensive sites such as CNET.com took a bit longer to upload, but it was definitely quicker than with non-3G mobiles. What really blew us away, however, was the multimedia experience. We transferred several videos to the device, including a music video and an episode of Family Guy, and we had a blast watching them on the Q. The sharpness of the video on the Q was amazing, especially compared to the Treo 700p, with which we couldn’t even get through a whole video because the picture was so blurry. Also, listening to music was top-notch, thanks to the dual stereo-quality speakers.’

PC Magazine
reviews the Motorola Q and has this to say – ‘The Q’s major competitors are from Palm—the Treo 700w and the newer Treo 700p. The 700w is more expensive than the Q and has little to recommend it. The 700p comes with Microsoft Office document editors (not just viewers), has a higher-res screen, runs on both Verizon and Sprint, and is both faster and less buggy than the Q. On the other hand, it costs $200 more and is considerably chubbier. So while the 700p retains the Editors’ Choice crown, the Q is an excellent machine and a terrific choice.’

In their eyes, the choice between the Motorola Q and the Palm Treo 700p comes down to a cost / feature comparison. While slimmer and less expensive, the Q is definately less capable than the Treo 700p. Which one will win the crown of most popular smartphone?

The Boston Herald reviews the Motorola Q and does not believe it to be a Blackberry killer – ‘There are ways to get instant e-mail on the Q, but they’re slightly clunky. If your company has a server running Good Technology Inc.’s GoodLink software or Verizon’s Wireless Sync program, you can set the Q up to get push e-mail from one of those servers. That’s similar to the BlackBerry model of distributing e-mail.’
‘Motorola has high hopes for the Q, expecting it to sell as well as the Razr, the superslim clamshell phone. That seems optimistic. If you’re going to pay $110 a month for portable e-mail, there are better ways, unless slim and light are your main criteria. ‘

Phone Scoop reviews the Motorola Q and writes – ‘Most people looking to buy the Q probably won’t to type many long emails or hundreds of text messages a week. And for the casual keyboard, the Q offers a solid smartphone experience in an attractive and easily pocketable form.
For heavy texters and email warriors, the Q isn’t quite the slam dunk that it is for others. You’ll have to evaluate whether the slim form factor and other positive attributes will outweigh your typing slowed down by frequent trips to the delete key to correct mistakes.’

Infosync reviews the Motorola Q and writes – ‘While the Motorola Q packs in some impressive features into its svelte, half-inch frame, including top-notch messaging abilities, EV-DO support, Bluetooth and a surprisingly good 1.3-megapixel camera, we can’t overlook the phone’s disappointingly lethargic performance or its underpowered office features. ‘

Not impressed.

Sci-Tech Today reviews the Motorola Q and has this to say – ‘The Moto Q does not ship with Wi-Fi onboard, but if you’re roaming in one of Verizon’s EVDO coverage areas, you will receive data at speeds of 400 to 700 Kbps, on average, which in many instances will obviate the need for Wi-Fi. Although the handset offers support for external keyboards and mice, it cannot currently function as an EVDO modem for laptops. A software solution for this is in the works, however.’

External keyboard and mouse? Cool.

Mobility Site reviews the Motorola Q and writes – ‘The “Q” and Motorola deliver exactly what they promised. This was suppose to be a Treo killer and it may be just that. Smaller lighter smarter, and a better phone and camera. With the unit being so new things can only get better, I am sure that additional programs and ad-ins will keep this unit expanding and growing. In many ways it is revolutionary.’

MobileBurn also reviews the Motorola Q and has this to say – ‘I adore the Motorola Q, even with its somewhat limited battery life and few random blemishes. In fact, this is the first non-camera oriented device that I have wanted to use as my day to day phone in a very, very long time. It is that good. With a bit more polish and a few updates to the OS (in addition to that heavy duty battery), this device will be truly fantastic.
The Motorola Q has a lot of competitors out there that are equally capable, like the Palm Treo 700p and 700w, and the 8700 series of RIM BlackBerry devices, to name but a few, but I think that the Q’s RAZR inspired good looks and relatively low purchase price ($199 with 2yr EV-DO agreement on Verizon) will make it a very hot seller that is going to put a lot of pressure on the other players. It may not be as big for Moto as the RAZR series, but I think this one is going to make them proud. I give it a “Highly Recommended” rating.’

PC Mag reviews the Motorola Q and says – ‘The Q’s major competitors are from Palm—the Treo 700w and the newer Treo 700p. The 700w is more expensive than the Q and has little to recommend it. The 700p comes with Microsoft Office document editors (not just viewers), has a higher-res screen, runs on both Verizon and Sprint, and is both faster and less buggy than the Q. On the other hand, it costs $200 more and is considerably chubbier. So while the 700p retains the Editors’ Choice crown, the Q is an excellent machine and a terrific choice.’

ZDNet reviews the Motorola Q and likes it, but sees vast need for improvement just the same – ‘As neat as this phone is, I was quite surprised by the fact that this was let out of the lab with so very much room for improvement. Obvious user interface stuff (at least to me, it’s obvious) that’s really detracts from this SCP’s potential.’

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